Hi, I had Ross Spagrud build me a 6.5 STW back in 1999 when Layne Simpson was building his at Prairie Gun Works in Winnepeg Manitoba. Mine is the second 6.5 STW built on a Prairie Gun Works Ti18 action which is a Remington 700 clone machined from Titanium with a Pacific Tool and Gauge bolt. It is set in a McMillan Ultralight Edge stock and fitted with a PacNor 26" #3 fluted barrel with a brake for 28" total barrel length. I had it throated for the Nosler 140 grain Partition which I used at the time.
It has been a very good gun, light, accurate, and very flat shooting. I used it to complete my Grand Slam of North American Wild sheep two of which made Boone And Crocket.
I now have 551 rounds down range, I don't shoot it much as it is a hunting gun and I have plenty of other match rifles that I go through barrels on regularly. This one shows only minor throat wear and still shoots sub .5 MOA groups at 300 yards.
Just today, I took it to a local range, only 100 yards (I know that isn't far enough to tell me much) to update my loads using Retumbo and Berger 140 VLD hunting bullets. I assembled a 20 shot ladder from 74.8 grains to 77.8 grains in .2 grain increments. It seems to really like this combination with the bullets seated to just touch the lands. The 77.8 turned out to be max with brass starting to flow into the ejectors, it has dual ejectors and a Sako extractor.
My son shot the first ten to get it warmed up and stable and I shot the second ten with 9 of the 10 went into a group measuring less than .6"
and the last five went in one hole about .28". So now I'll do some fine tuning at 77.5 grains with different seating depths and do some Chrono work.
I realize this is an old thread, but I really like the 6.5 STW and thought others might find this interesting.